Service in the local church renews students as they prepare for full-time ministry, said Jimmy Scroggins in his Sept. 28 chapel address at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Scroggins, lead pastor of the Family Church in West Palm Beach, Florida, two-time graduate of Southern Seminary, and former dean of Boyce College, said students should not get discouraged by where God has placed them, and should serve the church with the time and resources God has given them.
“You may see other people getting opportunities that you’re not getting,” Scroggins said. “You may not be the brightest student in your classes, or because of your work schedule or family life, you may not be able to put as much time into it as others can. You may feel overlooked all the time. You may spend your entire seminary experience wondering if God is ever going to do anything with your pathetic attempt to go into the ministry.”
Academic institutions have long paired apologetics with classical disciplines like philosophy and history, but the defense of the Christian faith requires the apologist to prove not only why Christianity is true, but also why it should be believed. The goal of Christian apologetics should not merely be the assent of the mind, but the confession of the heart, said Adam W. Greenway, dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Put simply, apologetics is ultimately about evangelism and discipleship.
“We want leaders and teachers in our churches to be able to tell people not just how to become a Christian, but why they should become a Christian,” Greenway said.
Toward that end, seminary leadership has consolidated two distinct apologetics programs into a single Master of Divinity degree in apologetics for the 2017-2018 academic year. While Southern used to have separate apologetics concentrations — one each in the School of Theology and the Billy Graham School — the institution now offers a single apologetics program under the Billy Graham School.
Knowledge of Christ is the center of true education, says Mohler at Southern Seminary’s fall convocation
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — There is no true education when Jesus Christ is not recognized as the center of all learning, said R. Albert Mohler Jr. at his August 29 convocation address for the 2017-2018 academic year at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Preaching from Colossians 1:13-23 in an address titled “And in Him All Things Hold Together: Jesus Christ as Beginning and End of Knowledge,” Mohler said that Jesus Christ is not only the source of a “coherent” Christian faith, but the source of all coherence.
Pastors should endure amidst ministry challenges, said leading voices in church revitalization at the summer Alumni Academy, August 3-4 at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Despite the challenges and trials involved in church revitalization, ministers who are turning around congregations should maintain their vision for a healthy, biblically sound local church. They need to focus on God’s plan instead of being discouraged when people scowl at biblical preaching, said Andy Davis, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina and author of Revitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again.
“The greatest thing I can do is help you lift your eyes off the immediate circumstances you’re facing, and see with the eyes of faith what it is you’re doing and where you are heading, and just how glorious the church will appear on that final day,” said Davis, who earned a doctorate in church history at Southern. His church in Durham underwent its own process of recovery in the wake of the conservative resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention.
A two-time graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is joining its faculty, President R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced this summer, appointing Kyle Claunch as assistant professor of Christian theology.
“Kyle Claunch is a bright scholar who has already emerged as one of the most promising young theologians of his generation,” Mohler said. “We are proud of his appointment to the theology faculty of Southern Seminary. He will be joining a department of great strength and international reputation, and he will now make his own contribution, both in the classroom and in the world of scholarship.”
With classical education on the rise and virtually no colleges preparing their education students to teach it, Boyce College will provide a minor in classical education, starting in the 2017-2018 academic year. Boyce professors Melissa Tucker and Tyler Flatt are at the forefront of the new program, which will be an emphasis within the teacher education program and a minor available to all other Boyce students.
“The resurgence of classical education is one of the most promising developments on the broader American education landscape in quite some time,” said Matthew J. Hall, dean of Boyce College. “Christian institutions are rightly at the forefront of this recovery of ancient wisdom, answering basic questions about what it means to be human, what it means to truly learn, and the very essence of education itself. However, few Christian colleges have taken on the task of preparing graduates to teach this way. This is the right kind of minor for Boyce College at precisely the right time.”
With the daunting search for a career right around the corner, all college students need a resource that encourages them to think about life after their studies. A new office on campus will help students at Boyce College determine their calling, grow in their understanding of vocation, and find a career, Boyce Dean Matthew J. Hall announced earlier this summer.
“Part of what it means for a student to succeed at Boyce College has to be their ability not only to discern their vocation, but grow in their ability to identify strategic opportunities to pursue that vocation in a way that serves the kingdom of Christ and honors God,” Hall said.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Charles W. Draper, a professor of Boyce College and chair of the school’s department of biblical studies, died from a heart attack during the early hours of Sunday, June 25. He was 70.
“Professor Charlie Draper was a cherished member of the Boyce College and Southern Seminary faculty, and he will be greatly missed,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College. “He has taught an entire generation of students, and he was known in the classroom for his passion for the Bible and his love for students. Time after time, I would hear from Boyce students about the influence of Dr. Draper on their lives. His personal investment in them and in their ministries is a timeless gift.
At last week’s meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, Steve Gaines, who is president of the convention, appointed a task force to study how Southern Baptists can be more effective in personal evangelism. Among the appointees is Adam W. Greenway, dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
“When we are at our best as Southern Baptists, [evangelism] is what we're known for.” said Greenway, who is also William Walker Brookes Associate Professor of Evangelism and Apologetics at the seminary, "We want to do everything we can to help motivate and mobilize Southern Baptists to do personal evangelism, because at the end of the day, that manifests our Great Commission obedience."
Boyce College added faculty members in two key areas, R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced today. Joining the college faculty is Old Testament scholar Adam Howell, who will serve as an assistant professor of Old Testament interpretation, and counselor Andrew Rogers joins Boyce as an assistant professor of biblical counseling and program coordinator for the biblical counseling major.
"I’m thankful that Adam Howell has taken on this new responsibility for Boyce College in teaching Old Testament,” said Mohler, president of Boyce College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, which houses the college. “He comes with a great combination of pastoral experience and experience in the classroom. He is a scholar of the Old Testament with a proven ability to inspire college students to want to know more about God’s Word."
Howell, a master of divinity (2007) and doctor of philosophy (2015) graduate of Southern Seminary, has served as an adjunct instructor of biblical studies at Boyce College since 2013 and as an adjunct instructor of Old Testament interpretation at Southern Seminary since 2014. He has taught Hebrew extensively at both the college and seminary level. His research appeared in several academic publications, including the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament and the Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and he presented a paper at the 2015 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. Howell teaches an adult Bible fellowship group at Ninth & O Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.